Left, from left (clockwise), Colleen helps label the bars of soap with Sisters Claire Sharpshair, Berenice Janszen, Ritamary Bulach, Laura Will, Jane Francis Hoffman and Joan DeChristopher; right, from left, Sisters Verlina Mescher and Rosalie Kastner. Michelle Bodine photos.
A tiny bar of soap could change someone’s life. This fall, several Precious Blood Sisters gathered to label bars of soap with the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888). The soap is distributed to area motels, where trafficked and other vulnerable individuals may see the phone number and be able to seek help.
Colleen Kammer — our director of peace, justice and ecology — coordinates the Sisters’ efforts with SOAP (Save our Adolescents from Prostitution), an organization founded by University of Dayton alumna Theresa Flores, herself a survivor of sex trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is operated by Polaris, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C. Funding for the hotline is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and private donors.
– Story by Mary Knapke